Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in Danish as a Second Language University of Copenhagen, Department Nordic Studies and Linguistics Denmark

Tenure-track assistant professorship in Danish as a second language


The Department Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Danish as a second and foreign Language to be filled by 15 January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.  


More information about the department can be found here.  


Job content  


The department offers courses in Danish as a Second and Foreign Language on BA and MA levels as well as a Masters program. The candidate is expected to be able to teach all existing courses (Language description; Culture and language; Language acquisition; Language pedagogy) within reasonable time, as well as to participate in supervision and examination of all students. As the professional and practioner field within Danish as a Second and Foreign Language is undergoing changes, we foresee adjustments to the existing course repertoire. The candidate is expected to participate in the development of new courses and the already existing course repertoire, both in terms of content and didactic approaches.  


The candidate should be able to document research on an international level within the field of Danish as a Second and Foreign Language, including multi- or plurilingualism, language acquisition, multilingual language use, language pedagogy, intercultural communication, etc. for children, youngsters, or adults in Denmark. A professional network within the field will be considered valuable. Experience with or plans for external funding should be included in the candidate’s research plan.  


A tenure-track assistant professorship is a six-year, fixed-term academic position involving both research and teaching. The successful candidate post will be obliged to complete a teacher-training course designed especially for assistant professors, and will be expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the Department, including examinations and administration.  


Approximately six months before the end of the six-year period as assistant professor, a committee set up by the Dean will assess whether the assistant professor can be considered for promotion to a tenured position as associate professor.  


Read more about the tenure-track program at the UCPH here.  


Qualification requirements  


Applicants must have a PhD degree or its equivalent within the area advertised or comparable areas. Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can demonstrate teaching experience at university level.  


The duties of the position are evenly distributed on tasks related to teaching and tasks related to research (including relevant administration and knowledge-sharing). Documented competences in both of these main fields of activity, as well as the ability to reflect on them, will be weighted in the assessment process (see further below).  


Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on the following academic and personal qualifications:  

  • Research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality, and academic output, e.g. number of publications published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals or in comparable high-ranking series published with internationally recognized publishing houses.  

  • The applicant’s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness, and accuracy  

  • Teaching qualifications. See our Educational Charter here.  

  • Experience and qualifications with regard to dissemination of research, knowledge-sharing and engagement with the wider public, the media and the world of politics   Documentation of possible administrative qualifications  


Tenure-track assistant professors must hold an academic record demonstrating internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized potential to make a future impact.  


Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory, but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be taken into account. Applicants’ outreach qualifications, including the ability to attract external funding, will also be considered.  


For further details about the qualification requirements for assistant professorships, please refer to the job structure for academic staff at universities.  


For further information about the position, please contact the Head of Department John Edelsgaard Andersen, e-mail: john.e@hum.ku.dk  




Applications must be submitted online in Adobe PDF or Word format.  


Please click on the “Apply online” icon at the bottom of the page.  


The application must be written in English and must include the following enclosures:  


Application letter/cover letter  

  • Curriculum vitae (with the applicant’s email address, telephone number and list of referees maximum five names)  

  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).  

  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *.  

  • Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of involvement in organising research, establishment of research seminars, symposia and congresses, etc.  

  • Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination (organisation of classes, materials, courses and other forms of teaching).  

  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of five publications for assessment, of which at least two must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for applications. At least two of these publications must have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals or in comparable high-ranking series published with internationally recognized publishing houses. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 5.  


Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.  


Only material in English, German, French, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish will be assessed.  


Appointment procedure  

After the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants will be immediately notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.  


Applicants will be continuously informed about the process by e-mail.  


Further information about the application procedure is available from HR academic officer Rikke Dall, e-mail: hum-jur-teo@hrsc.ku.dk  


Salary and conditions of employment  


Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range starts at DKK 32,700 (EUR 4,395) + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements.  


The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please see here. 


A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, read more here. 


If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark here, and at UCPH here. International Staff Mobility can also provide you with more information here.  


The UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.  


The closing date for applications is 20 October 2017, 23:59 CET, DD 2017.  


Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.  

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